- The bill that plans to rename a street in Quezon City after the late Fernando Poe Jr has passed the The Senate Public Works Committee
- Sen. Lito Lapid filed the bill to honor and commemorate “Da King”
- Former President Joseph Estrada and Senator Grace Poe lauded the measure
A bill that is seeking to rename Del Monte Avenue in Quezon City to Fernando Poe, Jr. Avenue has passed the Senate panel.
The Senate Public Works Committee gave its nod to the Senate Bill 1822, filed by Senator Manuel “Lito” Lapid on Wednesday. He said renaming the street to honor the late FPJ is only fitting to the “King of Filipino Movies” or “Da King”.
“Siya ay isang idolo at haligi ng pelikulang Pilipino. Si Da King ay gumanap sa halos tatlong-daang (300) pelikula sa kabuuan ng kanyang apatnapu’t-anim na taong propesyon. Sa ilan sa mga ito, siya pa mismo ang direktor, prodyuser at iskritor,’’ he said.
Lapid said the measure will help the present and coming generations of Filipinos remember the contributions and achievements of FPJ.
“His peers in the film industry could attest to his whole-hearted kindness to Filipinos knowing full well the struggles of hard work amid worsening socio-economic conditions that Filipino families face then and now,” Lapid added.
Former President Joseph Estrada, also a former action lauded the passage of the bill. He said renaming Del Monte Avenue into FPJ Avenue is a “fitting tribute to the king of Philippine movies.”
Senator Grace Poe also thanked her colleagues in the upper chamber for the measure. She became a bit emotional talking about her late father and thanked the authors of the bill. Shw said, “I know this is unorthodox, this is only a referral of the bills but I would like to sincerely thank our colleagues who expressed to be co-authors. I’m very touched. Thank you so much.”